CYCLING & WALKING TRAILS CENTRAL OTAGO NZ
FOOD & DRINK
Clutha Gold & Roxburgh Gorge
Two of NZ's Great Rides
A gold standard jet boat jaunt at Drs Point
Remnant schist stone huts, stone walled water races and hand-stacked tailings stand testament to the hardship miners endured in their search
for gold, and are just waiting to be discovered at isolated Doctors Point.
Gold was first found at Doctors Point in 1877. Worked for thirty years by European and Chinese goldminers, life in this rockbound goldmining settlement was primitive and the work physically tough. Despite a shortage of accessible water, and a relentless cycle of searing summers and freezing winters, returns were good.
In the 1930s’ depression, the place came alive again when over 70 miners re-worked the site as part of a government relief-work scheme. They sluiced the small and narrow beaches, upgraded the main race with steel fluting and reinstated many of the stone huts.
Today, Doctors Point and its extensive workings span half a kilometre and climb 200 metres above the Clutha Mata-au River - a not-to-be-missed heritage window into the lives of those brave and hardy men.
Get up close and personal with Doctors Point’s golden heritage - and yarn-spinning locals - by cycling the Roxburgh Gorge and journeying on 13 kilometres by jet boat to Shingle Creek.
Jet Boat Transfer Operators for the Roxburgh Gorge Trail:
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